1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman the Younger

Thomas Busby, "To Mr. Colman, on reading, in one of the New Morning Prints, an assertion, that every thing in the Comedy of the Jealous Wife is stolen" Morning Chronicle (22 January 1787).



Yes, COLMAN, truth approves it, when they say,
That every thing is stolen in thy play;
Such living manners glow in ev'ry line,
As mark the work for Nature's more than thine;
From her, design and colouring you stole;
The beauteous parts! the harmonizing whole!
At least so like to her's, its fair condition,
Yourself must own, it vindicates suspicion.